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Top 5 Tokyo Weekend April 16 & 17, 2016

Here are our recommendations for the Top 5 Tokyo Weekend for April 16 & 17, 2016. Although the weekend weather looks a bit iffy, there are some great festivals and events this weekend to get you to pull on a raincoat and lug your umbrella around town. Enjoy the Spring air!  Lauren and Sandra

Top 5 Tokyo Weekend April 16 & 17, 2016

Top 5 Tokyo Weekend April 16 & 17, 20161. Day trip to Kamakura to experience Yabusame (Horseback archery) Sunday, April 17th (Kamakura, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Temple)At 13:00 you can view Yabusame which is the art of mounted archery. Yabusame has existed in Japan since the 12th century, and supposedly originated in Kamakura.Grab yourself a spot along the course and watch the arrows fly. These mounted archers are quite amazing both for speed, agility and accuracy. The rider who hit three targets is awarded high donors at a beautiful ceremony at the end. Here is a good itinerary for a one day visit to Kamakura. 

Details: Archery will take place at 13:00 on Sunday, April 17, 2016. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Temple is located at 2-1-31 Yukinoshita, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture 248-8588

2. Visit Nezu Shrine (根津神社) and enjoy the beautiful Azalea flowers

The cherry blossoms have passed but do not fret you can still get your flower fix as the Azaleas bloom in full force. Nezu is a wonderful shrine with over 3,000 azalea bushes. The annual Azalea Festival began today and runs through Golden Week when it Nezu Shrine Azalea Festival will be very crowded. The next two weeks will be a calm time to visit.

Established in 1705, is a Shinto shrine located in Bunkyō, Tokyo, Japan. The shrine established over 1,900 years ago was transferred to Nezu to commemorate the fifth shogun Tsunayoshi Tokugawa’s choosing of his successor. This Nezu Shrine Azalea festival, Top 5 Tokyo Weekend April 16 & 17, 2016shrine is designated as an Important Cultural Property. Dating from 1706, Nezu Shrine is an excellent example of large-scale Edo-era shrine architecture. The vibrant vermilion and gold lacquered ‘gongen-zukuri’ style buildings are a pleasure to view and make great photos.


Nezu Shrine Azalea Festival 
Dates:Thursday, April 14th – Sunday, May 5th, 2016
Address:   1-28-9 Nezu, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3822-0753
Hours: Daily 9:00-16.30 (closed Mondays)
Cost: free
Website:  http://www.nedujinja.or.jp/tutuji/t.html (Japanese language only)
Access: Nezu Station or Sendagi Station (Chiyoda line), Todaimae Station (Namboku line)

3. LOHAS Festa Tokyo 2016 Spring -ロハスフェスタ  (Hikarigaoka, Tokyo) – If you are ECO or just want to learn more, I would recommend attending the Lohas Fest, Top 5 Tokyo Weekend April 16 & 17, 2016Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability and is a demographic defining a particular market segment related to sustainable living, “green” ecological initiatives, and generally composed of a relatively upscale and well-educated population segment.
LOHAS Festa Details
Event Date and Times: Saturday, April 16 (9:00 – 16:30) & Sunday, April 17 (9:00 – 16:30) 2016
Cost: Entrance fee is 350 yen for over elementary age
Address: Hikarigaoka Park, 4-1-1 Hikarigaoka, Nerima, Tokyo
Website: http://tokyo.lohasfesta.jp (Japanese language)
Access: 8 min walk from Hikarigaoka on the Oedo Line


If you kids are Pixar F11_TS3_web.jpgfans like mine this will be a fun and educational shot to attend.  Great way to show your kids how their movies are made and all the steps involved. The exhibition includes over 500 pieces of art including hand-drawn sketches, paintings, storyboards, colorscripts, and maquettes (character models) created by the studio’s artists. The pieces are from the movie production of great hits, such as “Toy Story”, “Finding Nemo”, “Inside Out” and “The Good Dinosaur”. The exhibition began at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2005 and has traveled around the world since then. It comes to Japan in 2016 with new and never before seen pieces, added in celebration of Pixar’s 30th anniversary.F2374_MU_web.jpg

While you are in the neighbourhood check out the Kyosumi Garden which has HUGE carp and turtles to feed, and grab a cup of ice coffee at the Blue Bottle.


Address: Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 1F, 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo (東京都現代美術館〒135-0022 東京都江東区三好4-1-1)
Telephone: 03-5777-8600
Date and Times: 10:00 – 18:00; till May 29, 2016. Closed Mondays.
Cost: Adults 1,500 yen, University and High School students 1000 yen, Junior High and Elementary students 500 yen; Kindergarten and younger FREE
Access: 13 min walk from Kiyosumi-Shirakawa station (exit A3) on the Oedo line.
Notes: Stroller and wheelchair friendly. * The Museum of Contemporary Art will close for renovations from May 30th.


Railing-Garden-537x4425. Plant an Urban garden – This weekend is perfect timing to plant your own urban garden with veggies, herbs, and flowers. The rain and warmer weather this time of year herb-gardenmake all seeds and seedlings grow super fast. We planted out vegetable seeds two weeks ago and already have green sprouts. The kids love taking a peak every day after to school to track the growth.  You do not need a lot of space nor materials (PET bottles work just
as well as planters). Visit your local home centre (D2 and Viva Home are great options) to buy seeds and start your own garden this weekend.

Bonus: Top 10 Tokyo Museums to take the Kids – All of these museums should be on your Tokyo bucket list. Perfect for the forecasted rainy Sunday. I might see you at one of them. Cheers. Top Ten Tokyo Museums for Kids

 Top 5 Tokyo Weekend April 16 & 17, 2016


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